Arsenal’s Lydia Williams leads alternate Matildas squad for Portugal, Spain friendlies

The Matildas will field an almost unrecognisable lineup for upcoming friendlies against Spain and Portugal after coach Tony Gustavsson named a 24-player squad on Monday absent a score of his side’s highest-profile names. Full story in ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australia-ausw/story/4684227/arsenals-lydia-williams-leads-alternate-matildas-squad-for-portugalspain-friendlies

‘It sounds crazy… but it’s now or never’: Why an entire generation of Aussies are on the move

With a World Cup little over a year away and the short A-League Women coupled with reading between the lines of head coach Tony Gustavsson’s comments, the best way into his squad is heading overseas. And for many, it’s a ‘now or never’ decision to make. Full story for Optus Sport: https://sport.optus.com.au/articles/os44038/womens-world-cup-2023-australia-matildas-a-league-women-overseas-moves

The honeymoon is over: Three challenges will define the Matildas run to the World Cup

The Matildas return to action for the first time since their disastrous Asian Cup campaign with clashes against New Zealand on April 8 and 12. JOEY LYNCH sets the scene, examining the first 12 months of Tony Gustavsson’s reign and outlining the questions that must now be answered. Full story in Optus Sport: https://sport.optus.com.au/articles/os41503/matildas-news-analysis-new-zealand-team-gustavsson-kerr

Australian football must broaden its scope if Socceroos and Matildas are to exit current mire

The national sides’ recent travails have highlighted the need for more ego in Australian football Full story published in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/feb/08/australian-football-must-broaden-its-scope-if-socceroos-and-matildas-are-to-exit-current-mire